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Sorry, we didn't catch that... We said reading is WHAT?!⁣ ⁣ Queer literature is SO IMPORTANT. Here are some of the favourite queer novels of the GAY TIMES team - what are yours? Let us know which books to add to our list in the comments section.⁣ ⁣ #WorldBookDay

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Because reading is what!?⁣ ⁣ Today is World Book Day, and to celebrate we've collected some of the GAY TIMES team's favourite non-fiction reads. Non-fiction remains an invaluable tool of queer people to articulate the feelings of marginalisation and disseminate this information to the masses. There can be no compassion without understanding, and each of these books has personally broadened our understanding of the intersections that their authors represent.⁣ ⁣ What are your favourite queer books? Let us know in the comments section!⁣ ⁣ #WorldBookDay

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Well, you know they bring it every ball.⁣⁣⁠⠀ ⁣⁣⁠⠀ In celebration of W London's second annual D Day Mini Ball with D'relle West, we've collected some of our favourite moments from last year's show. Once again, the Perception Bar at W London will transform into a catwalk and play host to an explosion of queer fashion, movement and frivolity - this time in partnership with UK Black Pride and Africa Fashion Week London.⁣⁣⁠⠀ ⁣⁣⁠⠀ There are still a few tickets remaining, make sure to grab yours now via the link in our bio!

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“No one should be made to feel they are not okay the way they are.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Governor Ralph Northam, who signed the ban into law on Tuesday (3 March), said in a statement: “Conversion therapy sends the harmful message that there is something wrong with who you are.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “This discriminatory practice has been widely discredited in studies and can have lasting effects on our youth, putting them at a greater risk of depression and suicide. No one should be made to feel they are not okay the way they are.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Northam added that children should never have to experience ‘conversion therapy’ and that he’s “proud to sign this ban”.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The Trevor Project, the nation’s largest LGBTQ suicide prevention organisation, praised the decision.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “Conversion therapy has no place in modern society and as the first of many LGBTQ-affirming bills to reach the desk of Governor Northam, we are happy to sweep conversion therapy into the dustbin of history,” said a representative.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Sam Brinton, their head of advocacy and government affairs and a survivor of gay ‘conversion therapy’, said he “can’t fathom just how many LGBTQ+ lives may be saved with these critical protections from conversion therapy.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio for the full story!

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Billy Porter has revealed that he will be playing the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the new live-action Cinderella remake.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ In an interview with CBS, the Pose star – who will be the first man to portray the iconic character – said: “It hit me when I was on the set last week, how profound it is that I am playing the Fairy Godmother — they call it the Fab G. Magic has no gender.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “We are presenting this character as genderless — at least that’s how I’m playing it. And it’s really powerful.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Porter continued to say that this version of Cinderella will be “a classic fairytale for a new generation” and opined that the “new generation is really ready, the kids are ready” and that it’s “the grownups that are slowing stuff down.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio for the full story!⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Photography: @johnnovotny⁣⁠ Fashion: @sammyratelle⁣⁠ Hair: @nathanjuergensen⁣⁠ Grooming: @melissaadelaide⁣⁠ Fashion Assistant: @ashleymarienyc⁣⁠ Photography Assistant: @greylanhoffman @jjohnesmusic

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🗣🗣🗣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ With everything that's happening against trans people this week, we thought we'd just leave this here as a reminder.

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Did she lie?⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Miriam Margolyes has given a humorous insight into her life as a lesbian.⁣ The award-winning actress, famous for playing Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter movies and Mother Mildred in Call The Midwife, said in a new Guardian interview that it felt like a “bombshell” when she realised her sexuality.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ “I used to have crushes [on women] and they were incredibly passionate and all-consuming. I wasn’t really interested in men and I’m still not – I’m not interested in their souls, because very few men have souls,” she said.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ “When you find one that has, it’s worth it. [But] most of them are just so trivial. And if you’re not sexually interested in men, they’re unbearably trivial… I can like them and have my male friends, but I just don’t feel groin excitement from them.”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio for the full story on why Miriam is "ecstatic" to be a lesbian.

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WHAT THEY SAID: Audre Lorde⁣⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁠ A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde spent her life dismantling systems of oppression by articulating the rage of those faced with classism, homophobia, racism and sexism into her masterful poetry.⁣⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁠ She is the obvious choice to launch WHAT THEY SAID, a new weekly Instagram spotlight on the powerful voices of the LGBTQ community both present and past.

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Jean Paul Gaultier: The Final Show⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ GAY TIMES MAGAZINE • THE FASHION ISSUE⁣⁣ Photography: @lauraallardfleischl⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Fashion & Words: @umarsarwarx⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Hair: @mikeogorman_⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Makeup: @gracexhayward ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Models: @bruceherbelinearle at @supamodelmanagement and @rubyjean_wilson at @milkmodelmanagement ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Post-production: @anisacleaver⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Photography assistant: @biancabatson⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Fashion assistant: @sollyotwarner⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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Queer women inspire us literally every day.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This is the first instalment of an ongoing spotlight of LGBTQ women in the public eye. Let us know in the comments section who you'd like to see on the next carousel!

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It was only last month that he hinted this was his intention, and now a ban on same-sex marriage has been included amongst 24 pages of constitutional amendments. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Homophobia is a massive issue in Russia. In 2013, a ‘gay propaganda’ rule was signed into effect by Vladimir Putin, and it banned the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual orientations to minors.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Under the law, a Calvin Klein advert was banned, there were calls to ban the game FIFA 17, and the Warwick Rowers naked calendar was banned. The law has also banned a website that ran articles on LGBTQ-related health issues, including HIV/AIDS.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Police officers in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia also refused to protect LGBTQ citizens from hate speech. They claimed that online threats were “not addressed to any group of people on the grounds of ethnic, racial, religious, or social identity,” and so they did not violate any laws.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In December, a Russian girl, Ekaterina Lyskh, was hospitalised after a horrific homophobic attack from seven men. She was left with a concussion and required stitches to the side of her mouth. The beating was so severe, Ekaterina was left with no memory of the incident.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And in one of the more chilling instances, a Saw-themed website encouraged homophobes to commit violent acts against the LGBTQ community. The website was banned in July, but activists warned it could resurface.

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The Tony, Emmy and Grammy-nominated star is making her West End debut.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ “I’m sure she’d probably vote for Trump just because she was probably at the wedding and he owes her a favour,” Vanessa Williams says of her iconic Ugly Betty character, Wilhelmina Slater, to a room full of disappointed Mode-obsessed gays. “She probably hooked Melania up with her inaugural outfit too!”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ We’ve just spent the past two hours on set watching the Tony, Emmy and Grammy-nominated icon prove why she made history as the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America. ‘Yaas!’ and the gayest of finger clicks can be heard as Vanessa serves opulent 1940s glamazon – an opulent 1940s glamazon who is about to make her West End debut in a revival of Olivier Award-winning play City of Angels.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ From 6 March at the Garrick Theatre, Vanessa will step into the infamous role of Carla/Alaura in Josie Rourke’s critically-acclaimed, film noir-inspired production, which focuses on a crime novelist working on a screenplay adaptation of one of his books as his marriage crumbles. “It’s a challenge!” admits Vanessa. “To do eight shows a week, I’ve got to be inspired by the music, the book, the team of creatives and the ensemble. It’s a discipline, and luckily, I’ve been able to do it all my life.”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ To commemorate her West End debut, we caught up with the legendary actress and singer in Soho’s L’Escargot to discuss her return to the stage, how Ugly Betty was ahead of its time with LGBTQ representation and what she wants to (and will) conquer next in the entertainment industry.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Amplify 055: Vanessa Williams⁣⁣⁣ Photography:⁣ @lauraallardfleischl⁣⁣ Words: @samdamshenas⁣⁣⁣ Fashion: @umarsarwarx⁣⁣⁣ Hair: @svenbayerbach at @carolhayesmanagement using @bumbleandbumble⁣⁣⁣ Makeup: @gracexhayward using @tomford⁣⁣⁣ Post-production: @anisacleaver⁣⁣⁣ Photography Assistant: @hollymilk⁣⁣⁣ Fashion Assistants: @sollyotwarner & Sophia Bennett⁣⁣⁣ Location: @lescargotsoho⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio to read the full digital cover story!

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Whether it’s the dreamy lovelorn sailor, or the female warrior goddess decked in an armoured bustier... inhibited fantasy and pure imagination radiate infectiously from the sublime haute couture world of Jean Paul Gaultier. The visionary closes the curtain, and bids adieu to the runway for one final time. But if you thought Monsieur Gaultier was going to take his final bow quietly, you had better think again. In a kaleidoscopic tornado of fashion, hundreds of looks stormed down the runway, all referencing chapters and eras of Gaultier’s 50-year career. “I wanted to be true to my obsessions: jeans, corsets, sailor shirts, androgyny... but I wanted to take them even further, even farther out – finally, just let it all rip! Celebrate yesterday, today and – especially – tomorrow.” Ironically, when unlocking the sustainable future of fashion, Gaultier looks to his treasure trove archive to recycle and rework the prints, patterns and pieces that have elevated him to legendary status.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We sat down with the designer to reflect on some of these moments, and to find out what’s next for the couture magician.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Photography: @lauraallardfleischl⁣⁣⁣ Fashion & Words: @umarsarwarx⁣⁣⁣ Hair: @mikeogorman_⁣⁣⁣ Makeup: @gracexhayward ⁣⁣⁣ Models: @rubyjean_wilson at @milkmodelmanagement ⁣⁣⁣ Post-production: @anisacleaver⁣⁣⁣ Photography assistant: @biancabatson⁣⁣⁣ Fashion assistant: @sollyotwarner⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁣⁣ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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Fashion for decades has been an open space for queer expression and visibility. Whether it’s drag, costume, or haute couture, the garments you choose to slip into become an emblem of your identity and evolve into political and social statements. We can instantly see the psychedelic free love protests during the 60s through the fluidity of menswear fashion. The edged up, leather-studded aesthetic defined the rebellious punk movement of the 70s and even the crop top, double denim, juicy couture hot mess is an iconic testament to the early 00s. Bottom line, fashion is an impressive timestamp tool, that helps us reflect and document the changing tides of gender norms and queer expression throughout history.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ As Jean Paul Gaultier bids farewell to the runway, not before putting on the biggest extravaganza to close his 50-year career, we talk to the designer on the changes he’s seen throughout those five decades and his love for reinterpreting beauty standards.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Photography: @lauraallardfleischl⁣⁠ Fashion & Words: @umarsarwarx⁣⁠ Hair: @mikeogorman_⁣⁠ Makeup: @gracexhayward ⁣⁠ Model: @bruceherbelinearle at @supamodelmanagement⁣⁠ Post-production: @anisacleaver⁣⁠ Photography assistant: @biancabatson⁣⁠ Fashion assistant: @sollyotwarner⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁠ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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HAPPY 25th, DSQUARED2!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Photography: @giampaolosgura⁣⁣ Words: @lewiscorner⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁣⁣ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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Celebration and reflection continue in our fashion issue as we delve into the wild world of Dsquared2. Co-founders Dean and Dan Caten celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary, with the expansion of their ICON line. Double denim never looked so dreamy. “We found a little factory and we paid for everything, made the samples, and we sewed them,” Dan tells us from Milan, reflecting on the beginnings of their world-famous line. Their first collection was well-received, and it wouldn’t be too long until they caught the eyes of the A-list. Does the name Madonna mean anything to anyone?⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Photography: @jakub_koz⁣⁠ Fashion: @umarsarwarx⁣⁠ Words: @lewiscorner⁣⁠ Model: @elliotmeeten at @chaptermanagement ⁣⁠ Grooming: @gracexhayward using @narsissist⁣⁠ Fashion Assistant: @sollyotwarner⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁠ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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How's your head? When it comes to Tokyo Stylez, we certainly have no complaints.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ GAY TIMES • ISSUE 505: THE FASHION ISSUE⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Photography: @charlie__chops at @lmcworldwide⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Words: @danielmegarry⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Fashion: @jordanboothestudio at @lmcworldwide⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Set Design: @nataliefalt at @lalalandartists⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Digital Art: @metapoint.xyz⁣⁣ Photography Assistants: @kobramaier + @simone.niamani⁣⁣⁣ Location: @dfla_studio⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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SHE IS RISEN.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Whether it is high energy catwalks or backstage catfights, the sassy gay assistant shading your new look, or the feared ice queen Editor, it’s not surprising that fashion has gained a reputation for being the land of chaos, caffeine and superficiality. I mean we’ve all seen the infamous belt scene from Devil Wears Prada, right? And don’t forget the trials and tribulations of Lauren Conrad working under Kelly Cutrone during The Hills era! We’re still traumatised. But for a moment, let’s step away from that scripted media circus. When you actually undress the dramatics and unravel the mystique, the industry is much deeper and more sentimental than it first appears, especially for our queer community.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ At the helm of our fashion issue is bombshell siren Tokyo Stylez. Call it hair styling, wig making, or weave witchcraft, the star opens up about her transition and what it’s like being the creative brains behind some of the most iconic hair looks from Kylie Jenner and Cardi B.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ GAY TIMES • ISSUE 505: THE FASHION ISSUE⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Photography: @charlie__chops at @lmcworldwide⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Words: @danielmegarry⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Fashion: @jordanboothestudio at @lmcworldwide⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Set Design: @nataliefalt at @lalalandartists⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Digital Art: @metapoint.xyz⁣⁠ Photography Assistants: @kobramaier + @simone.niamani⁣⁣⁠ Location: @dfla_studio⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁠ Subscribe now via the link in our bio.

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The gay gods have blessed this day!⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Not only do we have both Gaga and RuPaul in one day, but there's also a very special GAY TIMES cover reveal in the works... ⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Happy Friday beautiful people, and stay tuned!

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🥺!!!⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ This is parenting done right. Canadian father of two Dave Scott has gone viral on Twitter after sharing his love and support for his transgender son Jaden, even throwing a party to celebrate the one year anniversary of him starting testosterone treatment.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ Throughout the night he shared cute updates to his Twitter followers who were eagerly awaiting the next part of the story, including Trans Pride cupcakes, words of affirmation and a (slightly bizarre) mixture of onion and chocolate.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ And he had a message for other trans kids who may be struggling. “Lots of love to everybody out there, remember you guys are valid, no matter how you transition or what your journey entails. Stay safe everybody,” he said.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio for the full story!

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"I like who I am. I love who I love. DEAL WITH IT."⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The Spring 2020 CALVIN KLEIN JEANS and CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR global campaign celebrates unapologetic confidence and self-love.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The campaign, fronted by a cast chosen for their willingness to bare themselves to the world, stars rapper and singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, model and actor Hunter Schafer, singer-songwriters Justin Bieber and SZA, and model Kendall Jenner. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Shot by renowned photographer Mario Sorrenti with accompanying videos by Bardia Zeinali, the campaign is an ode to self-expression. Each set captures the talent in their own exaggerated world.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio for all the pictures from the campaign!

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The world’s first Muslim Pride is taking place in London this year.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ LGBTQ charity Imaan will mark its 20th anniversary of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer Muslims by hosting a festival in London on Saturday 11 April to celebrate what it means to be both queer and Muslim.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ As well as continuing their mission to help people reconcile their sexuality and gender identity with their Islamic faith, the charity hopes ImaanFest will “bring some joy into the world” – which is especially important for those who face discrimination.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Special queer Muslim guests include US black bisexual Muslim activist and author Blair Imani; queer British-Iraqi writer and filmmaker Amrou Al-Kadhi; and trans activist and star of Channel 4’s Muslim Drag Queens, Asifa Lahore.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “The media has tried to control the narrative about Queer Islamic identities for too long, often thrusting us into a horrific culture war, as if Islam is the mortal enemy of queer identity,” explained Amrou Al-Kadhi.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “ImaanFest, Muslim Pride is the perfect counter-narrative, revelling in the joys of queer Muslim identities, and giving us the chance to make our own space.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio for the full story!

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Get drenched and have your beauty cravings quenched with the most simple but maximalist hairstyles this season.⁣ ⁣ Photography: @kenny_whittle_photo ⁣ Hair & Makeup: @magshairstylist using @maccosmetics @Schwarzkopfpro ⁣ Model: @yiyannyang at @menacemodelmanagement